According to a new note to investors the famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, the next iPhone 8 Apple will have a new “function area”At the bottom of the 5.8 inch screen of the smartphone. Such a novelty would be made possible thanks to the borderless design of the next iPhone.
This function area would be located in place of the current home button and would therefore replace the fingerprint sensor. Kuo notes, however, that Apple plans to compensate for the absence of the Touch ID with new secure biometric technologies, which will be able to offer similar functionality. According to the latest reports, features related to facial recognition are expected (read: iPhone 8: 3D facial recognition instead of Touch ID?).
The analyst’s latest report also gives details on the screen size of the iPhone 8. With this new “function area”Who will probably offer virtual buttons and shortcuts, Kuo estimates that the usable screen share will be 5.15 inches. However, the slab of the device should measure 5.8 inches. It’s unclear what this function area will look like, but it’s likely to be similar to the Touch Bar on the latest MacBook Pro.
Earlier this week, Kuo released a note claiming that the 5.8-inch OLED iPhone would be similar in size to the current 4.7-inch model, while including a much larger battery (read: iPhone 8: battery life improved by the 2700 mAh battery and OLED?) It has been said that the iPhone 8 will start at a price of $ 1000, which is much higher than the current iPhone 7. Other rumors suggest a glass shell or wireless charging.